Your up and coming stay

Below is some information to help make your holiday as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. There is a lot of info, but please take the time to have at least a quick read so you don't miss important info - like which driveway to turn into!

There is also plenty of info on our website:

Pacific Palms is a small community where we have managed to keep Covid-19 at bay. However, with regional travel bans lifting, we are excepting a lot of holiday makers to visit. Please respect the rules, the locals and other holiday makers. If you have flu-like symptoms, PLEASE do not travel. If this happens to you, we'll happily give you a full refund or you can reschedule.
Before your stay, Rusty's Palace is disinfected then given a thorough clean and surfaces are disinfected again. All linen, bedding, towels, etc are freshly laundered. Rusty's bathroom is supplied with 2 toilet rolls that are left in their wrapping. Cutlery is replaced each booking and plates etc wiped over; however, if you have any concerns, give any plates, bowls, etc a wash in hot soapy water before using.

What's Supplied
Rusty's Palace is well supplied with all the basics to make your stay easy and comfortable.
All linen is supplied. There's an extra blanket for the bed - if required. Bath towels are supplied plus body and hand wash and a couple of rolls of toilet paper. The kitchen is set up with all crockery, cutlery, wine & champagne glasses, pots & pans, cooking utensils, some cooking oil, salt & pepper, tea/coffee/sugar, a couple of tea-towels and paper towels, foil and cling wrap.
For information about what's supplied in bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, etc, follow this link Click on any of the first 3 large orange icons 'Amenities', ' Features and Facilities' and 'Bedrooms and House Plans' or just scroll down through all of them.

Groceries and Gear
A reminder that Rusty's Palace is a TINY house. Keep this in mind as you pack your bags and buy groceries. There are some drawers and shelving in the bedroom (space under the bed for your bags) and an under-bench fridge in the kitchen. There's plenty of room for relaxing and unwinding!

There is a list of local stores for groceries at the bottom of this email.

Coffee Lovers
For those who love their morning coffee, there's a coffee plunger and our coffee machine takes ground coffee NOT pods, so BYO your favourite ground beans and enjoy it relaxing inside, on the deck or wander out to the orchard and enjoy it sitting under the lemon tree!

The BBQ is cleaned before each booking but we do occasionally have Antechinus (very small mouse-like marsupial) climb into the BBQ. To keep the BBQ plates clean we cover them with foil which you will need to remove and replace before and after using. BBQ wipes are in the second bottom draw in the kitchen.

You are supplied with enough firewood for several good fires. If you require more, there is extra you can access for $20 - please leave the $20 on the table or contact Liz to pay for it by direct deposit or OSKO. There are also bags of firewood sold locally at the landscape supply business next door or at the local service station.

NO SMOKING in the house or on the deck. Smoking is permitted in the outside courtyard - bedside where the spare firewood is located.

Check-in is from 2pm. Rusty's Palace will be set up and unlocked from 2pm so don't feel you have to rush to get to the property by any particular time - enjoy the day and make the most of your day. Arriving after dark? See details below.**

I'll be giving you a call on the morning of your check-in just to touch based, then if you could give me a call/text as you pass either Bulahdelah (if coming from the south) or Forster (if coming from the north), then I'll know you're 20-30mins away and will meet you for a quick hello.

The address is: 3461 The Lakes Way, Charlotte Bay 2428.
Most reliable directions: use Google Maps! Go to (or add Indigal as your destination) – BUT READ ON…
Google Maps will direct you to OUR NEIGHBOURS driveway!!! For the correct driveway turn into the driveway at the FLAG POLE with the Aussie flag and the LETTERBOX with ‘INDIGAL’ on the top. Photo of which driveway to choose.
Once through the front gate, drive to the top of the hill - about 800m.*
At the round-about at the top of the hill, turn left and swing into the carpark on the left side of the Tiny House. Photo of Rusty's Entrance.

*Indigal's Driveway
Once you turn into our driveway, you'll be driving on a dirt road. The first part of the driveway is shared with our neighbours, who are about 200m up the road. Please look after them by passing slowly to reduce dust and be on the look-out for their cars, dogs.
The second half of the driveway is uphill. Sports cars to motor-homes have used the driveway with ease.

All vehicles to use a lower gear (for both automatics and manuals) from the bottom of the hill - then sit on about 20km/hr and you will cruise up the hill with ease. Leaving your car in high gear and 'gunning it' will cause you to lose traction and spin your wheels - and damage the road:(
Drop into a lower gear going down the hill as well.

**Arriving After Dark?
There are no street lights near us, so if you're arriving after dark, keep an eye out for the light on top of our flag pole (which is about 10m off the main road) and the light on our letterbox. If you are concerned about finding the driveway in the dark, I'm happy to wait for you at the property's front gate with my car lights on - just text me as you pass Bulahdelah or Forster (depending on which direction you're arriving from) and ask me to meet you at the gate.

Don't stress if you think you're running late as everything will be set up and waiting for you.

Username: Rustys
Password: 123123123 (‘123’ written 3 times)

Mobile Reception
Telstra and Optus have the best reception on the property.  The Pacific Palms area is on a 3G network so try changing your service to ‘3G only’ and it may be a lot better. 
If you do have reception problems, please contact Liz via WhatsApp - 0414728158

Local Info
Our local Visitor Information Centre has plenty of local info, and staff with plenty of local knowledge. they are located at: 190 Boomerang Dr, Blueys Beach. (02) 6554 0123. You will also find lots of info about our whole region (thnigs to do, places to explore...) on the Barrington Coast website
A detailed list of walking tracks with maps can found here:
A copy of the walking tracks will be left in the house.

A list of some of our local stores and some of my favourite places to eat, are listed at the bottom of this page.

A full laundry, front load washing machine, dryer and tub is located beside the Tiny House - come out the back door, turn left and you will see a quaint green shed - the laundry's in there.
There's a full collapsible cloths-line near where you park your car and there's a drying rack folded up in the laundry.

Before you leave
Check-out is by 10am. Our cleaners will arrive and start work at 10:05am
Before you leave, we do ask you to do a few things. Please wash up and put dishes away. Clean BBQ. Place all you rubbish and recycling in the outside bins. Close all doors, but no need to lock them (birds and chooks seem to love open doors and empty rooms!).

Linen – this is important to help us stay safe with Covid-19.

  • Fold bedspread and doona (do not remove doona from the doona cover) and just leave on them on the bed – our cleaners have very large bags to remove these with.
  • Place sheets, pillowcases and top mattress protector in the yellow linen bags*.
  • Place bath towels, bath mat, etc and tea towels in another of the linen bags*.
  • *Linen bags are in the bucket under the kitchen sink – if we’ve missed supplying them, please use a couple of black plastic garbage bags from the second bottom kitchen drawer.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email or call Liz on 0414 728 158.

FoodWorks - Charlotte Bay
Open 7 days
203 Charlotte Bay St, Charlotte Bay NSW 2428
(02) 6552 9318

Smiths Lake Bakehouse
Open Tuesday to Saturday
6 Macwood Rd, Smiths Lake NSW 2428
(02) 6554 4773

Smiths Lake Butchery
Open Monday to Saturday
Shop 8/54 Macwood Rd, Smiths Lake NSW 2428
(02) 6554 4068

My Favourite Places - for food and drink (not sure if they've all reopened yet)!

Kembali Café
The Recky (Sunday arvo live music and drinks on the deck)

Spice Money
Beach Bums Cafe (breakfast by the ocean)



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